The definition of a caliphate is the rule of, or land ruled by, an Islamic political leader.
An example of a caliphate is an Islamic leader believed to be directly descended from Muhummad.
- the rank or reign of a caliph
- the land ruled by a caliph
The office or jurisdiction of a caliph. The last caliphate was held by Ottoman Turkish sultans until it was abolished by Kemal Atatürk in 1924.
From caliph + -ate